PoetryFest 2017

Hoffman Center for the Arts opens registration February 15 for PoetryFest 2017 which is scheduled Friday, March 31 through Sunday April 2, with Carl Adamshick and Emily Kendal Frey 

Last year’s PoetryFest 2016 was the first 3-day event sponsored by Manzanita Writers’ Series and the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

“All 24 registration spots filled before we could even get a press release out,” says Phyllis Mannan, one of the event coordinators. This year registration will open February 15 after press releases go out.

Three days of poetry workshops, writing, reading, networking…all immersed in the inspiration and creativity that a long beach weekend provides. What’s not to like?

Event organizers were pleased to see so many writers from Portland, as well as up and down the coast join local participants for the weekend in 2016, and hope to see a good mix again this year.

The participants all said they would return to PoetryFest in future and recommend it to others. “I feel very renewed and inspired,” said Jennifer Dorner.

The topics for 2017 are Moods and Modes.

The workshops will focus on understanding poems as modes of expression. Classes will include discussion not of poems of formalized structure like sonnets, haiku, villanelle or pantoums, but rather of poems with a mode and governing purpose like elegies, odes, aubades (love poems about dawn), blazons (poems in which the speaker describes his lover’s body) and epithalamiums (wedding poems).  Participants will then pick, choose and invent their own modes of expression and ascribe different tones and feelings to each mode.

The workshops will begin with lecture/discussion and will include ample opportunity for generative writing.

Carl Adamshick is the author of Curses and Wishes, which won the Walt Whitman award from the Academy of American Poets and Saint Friend, published with McSweeney’s. Both titles received an Oregon Book Award. He has taught at Catlin Gabel and lectured at Stanford University and the American International School in Vienna, as well as being a writer in-residence at the William Stafford Archive at Lewis and Clark College. His work has been published in Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, The Missouri Review and Narrative. He is a founder and editor at Tavern Books, a non-profit press dedicated to poetry and the preservation of books.

“This tone of voice, Carl Adamshick’s, is a new one, a voice
that cannot be faked and bears the marks of having been earned.”
— Marvin Bell, judge for the Walt Whitman Award

Emily Kendal Frey is the author of several poetry collections, including The Grief Performance, winner of the 2012 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and Sorrow Arrow, winner of the 2015 Oregon Book Award. She teaches at the Independent Publishing Resource Center, Marylhurst University, Portland Community College and Portland State University.

Wily, witty and weird, often haunting, sometimes heartbreaking,
[Frey’s] poems…dive deep, for all their individual brevity.
—Dana Levin, judge of 2012 Norma Farber First Book Award

Fee for the weekend of workshops and an introductory networking evening on Friday is $165 through March 15 and $195 after. Click here to register.

PoetryFest is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR (across the street from the North Tillamook Library). For further information please contact Kathie Hightower, kathiejhightower@gmail.com

Writers’ Series Features Arthur Bradford on February 18, 2017

Arthur Bradford will read from his short story collection, Turtle Face and Beyond, at 7pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Arthur Bradford is an O Henry Award winning writer and Emmy-nominated filmmaker. His writing has appeared in Esquire, McSweeney’s, Vice, Men’s Journal, and many other publications. His first book, Dogwalker, has been translated into ten languages.  He’s published two children’s books, Benny’s Brigade and 43 Monsters, along with the current collection of short stories, Turtle Face and Beyond.

“Beautifully bent, generous, and funny…” — Vanity Fair

“Arthur Bradford’s work is uncategorizable and unprecedented, but if pressed, you could call it the improbable spawn of Raymond Carver and Roald Dahl. His stories are hilarious and strange…” — Dave Eggers

“One of the funniest, smartest, tallest writers at work in America today.”             — Zadie Smith

“The most outlandish and energetic writer I can think of.”  — David Sedaris

Bradford is also creator and director of the acclaimed “How’s Your News?” documentary series, versions of which have been broadcast on HBO/Cinemax, PBS, and Channel Four England.

Bradford brought his writer’s sensibility to a recent film project in which he documented the creation of the TV show South Park for Comedy Central.  The film, “Six Days to Air” was nominated for an Emmy Award, in part because of the unprecedented intimate access to the writer’s room of the show.

Bradford will offer a workshop during the day on “What Can Writers Learn From South Park?” from 1 to 3:30 pm.

At first glance this crude animated show might appear to offer few lessons for the serious fiction writer, but Bradford discovered that the unconventional way this show is produced offers valuable lessons for anyone engaged in creative pursuit, especially writers.

In this workshop Bradford will show clips from his film and discuss which lessons apply to writers in general.  Participants should come prepared to write.  This is a fiction/non-fiction writing workshop.

The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts and tuition is $40. Register for the class here.

Following Bradford’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “A Good Idea That Turned Bad.” Admission for the evening reading is $7.

 

Ingrid Thoft to Lead Writing Workshop on November 18, 2017

The Manzanita Writers’ Series presents a workshop “Mastering Murder” on November 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 pm.

No, this isn’t a workshop to teach you how to be an assassin.  But, it can help you write from the point of view of one.

Want to demystify the process of writing a mystery?  We’ll examine the guts of the modern mystery and help you make progress on your idea or manuscript.  How do you craft a suspenseful plot?  Create memorable characters?  Make it realistic?  And knock your readers dead?  Join Ingrid Thoft and find out!

The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts and tuition is $40.  Click here to register.

Thoft will read from her book Duplicity that evening as featured author of the Manzanita Writers’ Series, followed by Open Mic.

Pauls Toutonghi to Lead Workshop on September 16, 2017

The Manzanita Writers’ Series will present a workshop “Writing with Balance” led by Pauls Toutonghi on September 18, 2017 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Often, the most personal stories are the most painful. When Pauls set out to tell the story of a lost dog — in his book, Dog Gone (Knopf, 2016), he actually realized that he was unraveling a complicated story of family love, loss, and abuse. This was a challenge, since he still had to negotiate active relationships with many of the people who were in the book.
How can we decide what to tell — and what not to tell? What are some of the best practices for determining the best way to use a difficult or personally challenging piece of your story? We will look at examples of fiction — and non-fiction — considering what the effect of personal trauma is on a storyteller, and a story.
Pauls will draw on examples from both my fiction, and non-fiction, as well as stories from other writers.
The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts and tuition is $40.  Click here to register.
Toutonghi will read from his book, Dog Gone, that evening at 7 pm as featured author of the Manzanita Writers’ Series, followed by Open Mic.

Writing Workshop to be Held on May 20, 2017: Research and Writing-A Balance

The Manzanita Writers’ Series presents a workshop “Research and Writing: A Balance” on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Join writer Jonathan White for a discussion of how to manage research while writing.  This is not for technical or academic writing, but writing for a general audience. The writing informs the research, but the research also informs the writing.  How do you balance the two?  How much research is too much?  Too little?

Discussion topics include how to conduct interviews, travel, note-taking, recordings, the role of patience and luck, and how to organize and manage research materials while writing.  Much of this will be a nuts-and-bolts conversation, but we will also consider the meta issue of internalizing what we learn through research — balancing what we find “out there” and what we must find “in here.”

The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts and tuition is $40.  Please click here to register.

White will also read from his book Tides:  The Science and Spirit of the Ocean that evening at 7 p.m. as featured author of the Manzanita Writers’ Series, followed by Open Mic.

 

Workshop to be Held on April 15, 2017: Publishing Your Chapbook

The Manzanita Writers’ Series presents a workshop “Publishing Your Chapbook: for poetry chapbooks, books of short stories/essays” on April 15, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

We are currently enjoying a small press renaissance, with countless publishing options for emerging authors. From submitting to reputable chapbook publishers to creating handmade, locally printed, limited editions of your work, the world has never been more open to an author’s specific vision.

Join award-winning poet and literary agent John Sibley Williams for this hands-on workshop exploring the ins-and-outs of organizing and publishing your chapbook. For writers of both poetry and prose, “Publishing your Chapbook” will guide you all the way from inspiration to publication.

John Sibley Williams serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as both a literary agent and Marketing Director of Portland-based Inkwater Press. He is the editor of two Northwest literary anthologies and the author of nine poetry collections, including Disinheritance and Controlled Hallucinations. A five-time Pushcart nominee and winner of the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Vallum Award for Poetry, John has an MA in Creative Writing from Rivier College and an MA in Book Publishing from Portland State University.

The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts and tuition is $40.  Please click here to register.

Writing Workshop to be held on March 18, 2017: Project Journaling

The Manzanita Writers Series presents a writing workshop “Project Journaling” on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 1 to 3:30 pm.

Journaling about your writing project increases your productivity and publishing success. No matter what you’re writing, no matter where you are in your writing process, no matter your experience level, project journaling makes for better writing days, increased productivity, higher quality writing, greater publishing success, and a general sense of well being and joy (really).

The idea is that in addition to writing whatever you’re writing, you also write about it — your goals/milestones, your progress on any given day, your thoughts about directions to go next, realizations about what you need to go back and fix, research done and how it might be incorporated, research that still needs doing, reflections on what’s working about your process or schedule and what’s not, problem-solving, to-do lists, notes on other books read and what you’ve learned from them that could help with your own, etc.

It works no matter what you’re writing (novel, memoir, short stories, nonfiction, poetry, blog posts, whatever). Most published authors use some version of this tool. Learn how from author Laurie Frankel.

The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts and tuition is $40.  Click here to register.

Frankel will read from her latest novel, This Is How It Always Is, that evening at 7 pm as the Manzanita Writers’ Series featured author, followed by Open Mic.

Writing Workshop: What Can Writers Learn From South Park?

The Manzanita Writers’ Series presents the first workshop of the 2017 season “What Can Writers Learn From South Park?” on Saturday, February 18th, from 1 to 3:30 pm.

At first glance this crude animated show might appear to offer few lessons for the serious fiction writer, but O Henry Award winning, published author Arthur Bradford discovered that the unconventional way this show is produced actually offers valuable lessons for anyone engaged in creative pursuit, especially writers.

Bradford has published two books of fiction and is also an established documentary filmmaker.  He brought his writer’s sensibility to a recent film project in which he documented the creation of the TV show South Park for Comedy Central.  The film, “Six Days to Air” was nominated for an Emmy Award, in part because of the unprecedented intimate access to the writer’s room of the show.

In this workshop Bradford will show clips from his film and discuss which lessons apply to writers in general.  Participants should come prepared to write as the lessons will then be applied to short writing exercises after which participants are encouraged to share and comment on each other’s work.  This is a fiction/non-fiction writing workshop.

The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts and tuition is $40.  Click here to register.

Bradford will read from his collection of short stories that evening at 7 pm as featured author, followed by Open Mic.

Liz Prato to Lead Writing Workshop on July 29, 2017

liz prato

Author Liz Prato will lead a writing workshop on July 29, 2017 from 1 to 3 pm.

Writing Outside the Box (Lecture, & Guided Writing) 

Let your creativity have free rein and write outside traditional prose structure! All stories and essays are different, so it stands to reason they don’t all require the same structure. In this class, we’ll break out of the standard narrative box and have fun exploring the forms available for telling your best story.
Tuition is $40. Click here to register.
Liz’s short stories and essays have appeared in over two-dozen literary journals and magazines. She was the Guest Prose Editor for the Summer 2013 issue ofVoiceCatcher, and edited the fiction anthology, The Night, and the Rain, and the River (Forest Avenue Press, 2014). Her short story collection, Baby’s On Fire, was published by Press 53 in May 2015.

Awards include the 2010 Minnetonka Review Editor’s Prize, 1st place in the 2005 Berkeley Fiction ReviewSudden Fiction Contest, four Pushcart Prize nominations, and a Scholarship to the 2012 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She began teaching at the Attic Institute in in 2008, and has taught creative writing for several literary organizations throughout Oregon.

 

Manzanita Writers’ Series Announces 2017 Schedule

Manzanita Writers’ Series announces the 2017 Schedule, entering its 9th year of programming.

We’ll kick off the year on February 18 with Arthur Bradford reading from Turtle Face and Beyond. Other authors include Laurie Frankel, This Is How It Always Is, Jonathan White, Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, Pauls Toutonghi, Dog Gone, Diana Abu-Jaber, Life Without a Recipe, and Ingrid Thoft, Duplicity.

All of the authors will teach writing workshops during the day. Topics range widely, from Mastering Murder, to Culinary Memoir, to What Writers Can Learn from South Park. Check back soon for workshop details, schedule and registration information .

Also, watch for information on another new workshop option. We’ll be running two online writing workshops during May that culminate in a weekend retreat at the coast to meet your teacher and fellow students, to further workshop and then read from the work created during the online course.

After the success and great response to last year’s weekend format for PoetryFest, we’ll again host a full weekend of events on April 1 and 2,  with Carl Adamshick and Emily Kendal Frey.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series will host a number of added special events for 2017.

On April 15, John Sibley Williams will conduct a workshop on Publishing Your Chapbook: for poetry chapbooks and books of short stories or essays.

On July 29, Liz Prato, Author of Baby’s On Fire, will conduct the workshop Writing Outside the Box, which had to be cancelled in 2016 due to inclement weather.

The admission price for author events will be $7. Workshop fees vary by workshop so check back soon for details and registration.

This year we continue to have a suggested theme for Open Mic for each event. Writers are welcome to write to theme for their 5-minute piece although it is not a requirement.  Themes will be announced in advance of each event.